Monday, January 21, 2008

IS 72 Rocco Laurie Press Release

The IS 72 Rocco Laurie Lego Robotics Team would like to announce their partnership with Hewlett Packard in the successful completion of a Consumer Electronic Recycling Saturday Project.

On Saturday January 5th from 9am - 2 pm Hewlett Packard sent the We Recycle Truck, bins, pallets and brochures to 33 Ferndale Avenue and the team provided the person power. NY 1 was on hand to document the event as well as to interview the students. The piece ran that weekend on Staten Island News Now.

The recycling project was another part of the teams effort to reach out to the community in the spirit of this years tournament theme of "going green". Schools from as far away as Teaneck and Englewood , New Jersey showed their support with generous contributions. The local Chinese School housed at IS 72 also showed their support.

Over five thousand pounds of computer accessories, monitors, keyboards and CPU's were collected, as well as ink cartridges and printers. The curbside drop off manned by the team helped to keep donations moving smoothly. The team had their project on display offering information to local residents on the Tibetan Museum's highlights as well as visitor information. Brochures were given out sharing information on recycling, solar energy and other energy saving measures locally available.

The Team recently won first prize for their research project at the Borough Wide Robotics tournament held at Staten Island Technical High School in December. Their research project gave the recently sixty year old Jaques Marchais Tibetan Museum, a birthday "energy makeover". The challenge was to both preserve the authentic integrity of the museum as well as making it energy effective. Proposals for solar power, wind mills and energy efficient windows are currently being developed by local and California based companies.

The project will be installed at the museum beginning in February after a reception for museum members, sponsors and students. Meg Ventrudo,the Museums curator made the enthusiastic initial donation of some outdated equipment to clean out their garage and start the project.

The two time New York State Champions will go on to the State finals on January 26th to compete once again for the chance to attend the National/International Competition in Atlanta in April.

Randi Huss Lego Robotics Coach I.S, 72

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think this was a great idea and that Rocco Laurie 72 will do great! Good Luck!